Sunday, April 19, 2015

We Need a Special Holiday for Eugene!

by Leann

Political candidates for an election more than a year and a half from now are announcing they are running and I'm unsure if it's just me, but are we already seeing political ads? Ads that are mean-spirited and filled with half truths? I believe we are. The late night comedians are already on it, so I think so.

First of all, we need to have a holiday honoring the person who invented the "mute" button for the TV. You have probably never heard of him, but from the small amount of research I did, it was a man named Eugene Polley of the Zenith Radio Corporation. He is credited with creating the first wireless TV remote that could turn off the sound on the television.

Never in all the years that I have used a remote control have I ever exercised my right to shut people up as much as I do during the way-too-long political season. Those expensive ads are annoying at the very least but it's come to the point that we are listening to lies being delivered as truth--or perhaps we always have. What would happen if they used that campaign money to actually get something done? The congress is getting NOTHING done, so we need a new system.

The candidates could have their same old fundraisers but rather than spend millions on false advertising they would use the money raised to fix bridges and roads, maybe repair buildings that are so old they collapse and kill people. They could build new schools and re-fund libraries so they can afford the newest technology. We could watch newscasters (real newscasters, not celebrities) report on what each candidate was doing with the money they raised. Helping the poor? Funding research to cure a horrible disease?

When it's all over and we've watched each candidate actually DO something, then we can vote on who we thought did the best job and helped the country the most. Yes, I'm a dreamer. So that mute button will be put to work yet again. Sigh.

What about you? What are you thoughts on how we can change a very broken system? Any ideas? I don't know about you, but I'm tired of people talking and talking not doing anything.